See proposed rule
language (CR-103)
2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

2013 – 2014 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

Sportfishing Rule Proposals & Comments

View proposals and comments on proposals that were submitted by the public and WDFW staff.
There are two types of rules available for viewing.

for Public Comment
Not Recommended
for further consideration
View by Category
Statewide Coastal Region
Puget Sound
Region Freshwater
Coastal Region
Puget Sound
Region Marine
Eastern Washington and
Columbia Region Freshwater

Reference ID: DFW786710

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW786710
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Coastal Region Freshwater
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Marine Bottomfish
Rule to Change:
p. 98 Barbless hooks are required for all species in Marine Areas 5-13, except forage fish jig gear.
New Rule Proposal:
Allow barbs when groundfishing in areas 5-13
Why the change is needed:
Salmon, OK I get it. But you think it matters to a cabezon or a lingcod if the hook has a barb? These are some of the heartiest fish in the sea. Released, they are gonna live whether or not the hook had a barb in it. Recreational fishing is hard enough. Some days you go out and get NO action. It's heartbreaking when you go out and you had only only shot and lose it because the hook has to be barbless. You're stacking the odds in the fish's favor.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
No input given
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given

Date submitted: 04/27/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW786710

We don't recommend this proposal move forward at this time because of conservation concerns for various species.

Online Public Comments    (0 comments)

No online public comments submitted for this proposal.